[tuh-ree-suh, -zuh; Spanish te-re-sah] /təˈri sə, -zə; Spanish tɛˈrɛ sɑ/
Saint. Also, Teresa. Also called Theresa of Avila
[ah-vee-lah] /ˈɑ viˌlɑ/ (Show IPA),
1515–82, Spanish Carmelite nun, mystic, and writer.
a female given name.
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Teresa or Theresa (təˈriːzə)
1.  Saint, known as Teresa of Avila. 1515--82, Spanish nun and mystic. She reformed the Carmelite order and founded 17 convents. Her writings include a spiritual autobiography and The Way to Perfection. Feast day: Oct 15
2.  Mother, original name Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. 1910--97, Indian Roman Catholic missionary, born in Skopje, now in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, of Albanian parents: noted for her work among the starving in Calcutta; Nobel peace prize 1979
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Word Origin and History for Theresa
fem. proper name, from Fr. Thérèse, from L. Therasia, apparently from Gk. Therasia, name of two volcanic islands, one near Sicily, one near Crete.
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